VnExpress Marathon named iconic event of Thua Thien Hue

By Thuy An   January 10, 2023 | 07:22 pm PT
Thua Thien Hue Province in central Vietnam has listed VnExpress Marathon as one of its 10 iconic cultural and sport events in 2022.

VnExpress Marathon Imperial Hue took place in April 2022, attracting 4,700 participants. That was the second time the tournament was held in Hue after 2020.

Runners competed in four distances of 5, 10, 21 and 42km, running through routes that passed by iconic landmarks of the ancient capital, its suburbs and green rice fields.

The starting point of VM Hue 2022. Photo by VM

Runners start at VM Hue 2022. Photo by VM

Hue's temperature was pleasant on the race day, with temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The route of VM Hue 2022 met AIMS standards with many straight and flat sections, helping many athletes to set personal records and 31 to complete the full marathon in under three hours. Pham Thi Hue broke VM's record with a time of 2:50:33.

The event took place on Hung King Holiday, considered a milestone to help "warm up" the tourism industry in Thua Thien Hue after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the days of VM Hue 2022, more than 50,000 tourists came to Hue, and the province earned more than VND40 billion in tourism revenues. During the tournament, famous landmarks of the ancient capital were introduced to runners. The Citadel and the Nguyen kings' tombs were opened to athletes and crew members for free.

Runner on the routes of VM Hue 2022. Photo by VM

A runner at VM Hue 2022. Photo by VM

VM Hue 2023 is expected to continue to help Hue promote its tourism image as the size of the tournament may increase to more than 10,000 runners. The organizers examined the route on December 27.

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